Academic Program Development

The University will expand its course delivery options for students to ensure they receive the top-rate education they expect from UWF while maintaining health and safety protocols. Students will be notified of course delivery changes via email by July 1, 2020.


  • The course delivery framework was developed by college deans with input from stakeholders, including department chairs and faculty members. Department chairs are working with faculty members to review and restructure course delivery modalities as appropriate. 
    • Lower-division courses (undergraduate courses offered at the freshman or sophomore level) will be delivered with face-to-face components unless faculty opt to teach the full course or sections of the course online or the course is historically offered online.
    • Upper-division courses (undergraduate courses offered at the junior level or higher) will primarily be delivered online. Exceptions include courses faculty identify as experiential with significant face-to-face components, capstone, clinical/internship that requires faculty supervision and courses that serve as a practicum experience.
    • Graduate courses will be delivered with face-to-face components unless they are part of an online program or students are enrolled in synchronous online instruction offered as part of a face-to-face course.
  • Faculty members falling into specific categories will be made aware of their option to teach remotely if preferred. 
  • UWF is providing a safer environment primarily through a variety of delivery modalities in courses with multiple sections. 
  • Students identified as falling into risk groups will be directed to academic advisors who will work with students to determine which option meets their academic needs (or) which option is available. Options may include:
    • Recommend remote learning sections of necessary courses.
    • Recommend an adjustment to student schedules to avoid the immediate need for courses offered only in a face-to-face modality.
    • Work with faculty members, department chairs and college deans to arrange remote directed study sections of required courses.
    • Work with faculty members, department chairs and college deans to locate appropriate course substitutions for those courses that cannot be addressed through any of the other methods.
  • Classroom facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and include signage that indicates where students can sit based on social distancing guidelines. 
  • All face-to-face classroom instruction will conclude immediately before Thanksgiving break. Courses will be arranged so that instruction, review and final exams are delivered remotely after Thanksgiving.

Strategies for courses with no online component (designated as “Primarily Classroom” in Classmate) include:

  • Offer the course in a space that will accommodate all students under social distancing guidelines.
  • Deliver live content via WebEx using multiple classrooms.
  • Split laboratory courses into two sections. If 50% of students can be accommodated in one space, offer split sections concurrently and use teaching assistants/adjuncts to help instructors of record float between two spaces.

Strategies for courses with both face-to-face and online components (designated as “Hybrid” with 50-79% of direct instruction delivered by technology, or “Primarily Distance Learning Course” with 80-99% of direct instruction online) include:

  • Deliver live content via WebEx with small cohorts of students rotating for classroom attendance.  
  • Flipped classroom: Deliver content through recorded lectures via Panopto with additional live Q&A sessions either in person or via WebEx.
  • Divide course into two groups and alternate online and face-to-face components.
  • Begin with an online component, then allow students to complete face-to-face components in the same semester or the semester immediately following the online component.

All classrooms in use for Fall 2020 will have updated maximum room capacity based on the square footage of the space, with an allowance of 36 square feet per person based on the current CDC guidelines. Classroom facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and include signage showing where students can sit based on social distancing guidelines.

example classroom showing proper distancing seating arrangements
Example Classroom Capacity
example of social distant chair arrangement covered with signs
Example Social Distancing Signage for Desks and Seating